Petersburg, Florida. Rather than attack Pearce when he felt disrespected, The Head of the Table stopped himself at the last second and proclaimed that perhaps everyone is safe before leaving Pearce in the ring to contemplate the conversation. There was some confusion over an apparent three-count after a Superplex by Crews. It was soon explained, though, that Big E and his challenger both scored the pinfall at the same time, resulting in a draw that allowed Big to keep the title. Crews wasn't happy with the result, and when Big E tried to give him a fist bump, Crews slapped the Intercontinental Champion. As a result, an irate Big E agreed to continue the match right than and there.
History of WWE SmackDown
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Skip to main content. Competition in WWE is grueling. The rigors of the ring can frustrate Superstars — often to the point where they want to put their fist through something. How did the fist set come about?
S23 E9 - Fri, Feb 26, 2021
SmackDown Superstars returned to action for the first time since the Royal Rumble and there was plenty of fall out from the first PPV of Not only did Edge make another appearance on his fourth show of the week , but Big E also defended his Intercontinental Championship in an exciting triple threat match. Already annoyed that Edge travelled to Raw and NXT before coming to see him on the blue brand, he became simply enraged when Special Council Paul Heyman discovered that Edge was not yet in the building. In response, the Head of the Table blew up over the absent Rated-R Superstar choosing to "play games" with him and demanded that The Ultimate Opportunist give him his decision about which World Champion he would face at WrestleMania by the end of the night. An irate Corbin viciously attacked both Rey Mysterio and his son from before his rematch with Dominik.
This followed a pilot that aired in April but it now had a completely new set, its own network and all the main eventers that were running the WWF at the time. The Ovaltron gave SmackDown a completely new look to what people were used to. Coupled with the blue ropes, this gave the WWF a fresh look and the show debuted when ratings were high and the Attitude Era was in full swing. There was no doubt a second show was needed to further storylines, and capitalise on the success it was having. At the time, WWE was a private company and despite doing much better in the ratings, did not make half as much money as it does today.